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“It is my passion that drives me as an Entrepreneur.”

Board Profile

Deborah Rosati is a valued Corporate Director, an accomplished business savvy Entrepreneur and a Fellow Chartered Professional Accountant with over 35 years of high growth and transformational leadership experience in the Technology, Consumer, Retail, Cannabis, Life Sciences, Private Equity and Venture Capital industry sectors.  Deborah currently serves on the board of directors of TAAL Distributed Information Technologies (CSE: TAAL) (an enterprise blockchain transaction processor)as Lead Director and Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee. She previously served on Khiron Life Sciences (TSXV: KHRN) (a global cannabis medicinal company) as Lead Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and also was Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee of Lift & Co. (TSXV: LIFT).

Deborah is the Founder and CEO of Women Get On Board, a 850+ member-based social purpose company that connects, promotes and empowers women to corporate boards.

Deborah’s work ethic is fuelled by her passion. She is a steadfast champion of business, corporate governance and board diversity through her board leadership and advocacy for her social purpose company to get more women on boards.  She is a change agent who frequently engages through panel discussions, podcasts, articles and eBooks to share her expertise and thought leadership on corporate governance, board diversity, board leadership and entrepreneurship.

Deborah has earned numerous nominations and awards over the years. She was recently honoured with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women in Sustainability AwardTM 2022. She was recognized as a member of WXN Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Entrepreneur award category. She has also been honoured as a 2020 Director to Watch and a 2014 “Diversity 50” candidate. In 2012 Deborah was selected as one of WXN’s Top 100 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in the Corporate Director award category.

Deborah’s forward-thinking perspectives, honed from her entrepreneurial achievements and multiple governance leadership roles, make her an exceptionally valued trusted advisor, mentor and board member.

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“As leaders, we have a civic duty to elevate the next generation of women leaders by advocating for their economic empowerment and financial freedom so they can make independent decisions. We can achieve this empowerment through education, mentorship, and allyship.”

UpNext Magazine: Stewards of the Future: Modern Board Governance

November 22nd, 2022|Interviews|

I enjoyed my conversation with UpNext, CPA Ontario's digital PD magazine for their December edition. In the video interview, we discuss practical advice for elevating your board effectiveness and making your voice heard around the boardroom table. To watch the video, register for the digital issue of UpNext here: https://lnkd.in/g2mWEqqP

There Are Many Ways for CPAs to Prep for a Board Role

November 15th, 2022|Interviews|

Recently, I had the chance to share some advice on preparing for a board role with Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). For CPAs who are looking to join a board for the first time, there's plenty that you can do to gain the skills and connections you need to find the right role. Read the article to learn more: https://lnkd.in/eEMUW5cE

2022 Conference for Audit Committees and Corporate Governance

November 2nd, 2022|Speaking Engagements|

I'm looking forward to co-facilitating an in-person workshop on December 8 following the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) 2022 Conference for Audit Committees and Corporate Governance. Join Elaine Roper and me in the Getting on a Board workshop as we discuss strategies to help aspiring board directors get on a board for the first time. Register for Workshop 1 - Getting on a Board: https://lnkd.in/gu9bH3Tw

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Deborah, as Founder and CEO of Women Get on Board was instrumental in facilitating my board career by providing advice on criteria’s to be given an opportunity to sit on a board. Deborah has grown WGOB from a Toronto based organization to one that is national. She willingly shares her 20+ years experience of sitting on boards for the benefit of others. She is a mentor, sponsor and promoter of numerous women in their board journey. She provides thought leadership and gives back to her community with the invaluable work on CPA Canada’s advisory committees. I know that my board journey would look a lot different without the support and insight of Deborah and WGOB.”

Wendy Kei, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, Chair of Ontario Power Generation, member of Women Get On Board, Mentor for the Inaugural WGOB Mentorship Program
Deborah Rosati is Canada’s Connector. She focuses her time, energy, passion, insights and wisdom towards connecting, promoting and empowering women to corporate boards. Deborah unites women and men across the country in an effort to drive diversity and women’s equality in boardrooms. Deborah founded Women Get On Board in 2015, and has since established a community of over 650 women and men who are on their board journey. Through Women Get On Board, panels discussions, podcasts and more, Deborah has elevated the bar for good governance, boardroom diversity, equity and inclusion. Furthermore, through Women Get On Board’s Mentorship program, Deborah is grooming the next generation of corporate directors. Deborah leads with passion and inspires everyone she meets with her relentless energy and commitment to helping people and companies flourish.

Deborah’s authenticity and approach to relationship building is unrivaled in the realm of board diversity and corporate board building.

Alyssa Barry, CPIR, Principal & Cofounder, irlabs, Advisory Council member & Sponsor of the WGOB Mentorship Program

Deborah has a unique ability to see a need, but then to invest the effort to create a vision and an ecosystem to address the need. We came together with a shared vision of helping accelerate gender parity on corporate Boards. From that shared vision, we co-created and co-deliver the Getting Board Ready program, targeted at women looking to land their first corporate Board seat. I have had an inside view to her passion, her collaborative nature, her willingness to pay it forward, her expertise, and her acute business savvy. A well of ideas, she seems to have a sixth sense on how to brand and market, and is a force to be reckoned with.

Andrea Plotnick, Ph.D, SVP Board and Executive Solutions at LHH-Knightsbridge & Co-Facilitator with Deborah on the Getting Board Ready Program

Deborah is an outstanding change advocate and continually connects, promotes and empowers women for board service. She is an exceptional entrepreneur who is able to apply her training as a financial expert and operational knowledge of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of running a business, to educate and empower her young team. I believe unequivocally that Deborah is a deserving recipient of an RBC Canadian Entrepreneur Award and I am honoured to support her nomination.

Donna Price, Governance Coach
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